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on monday at the plaza as part of the education nation week. and msnbc and the networks of nbc universal are focusing intensively on this question -- how do we improve america's classrooms? so education nation is going to kick off this sunday, noon eastern. brian williams is going to be hosting a town hall with teachers. sunday night, joe scarborough and mika will host a town hall on the ground breaking documentary "waiting for superman," on monday, president obama sits down with matt lauer with a live one-on-one interview that will air uninterrupted for an entire half hour. that's starting at 8:00 eastern on nbc and msnbc. >>> and, of course, join andrea mitchell live on the plaza in new york. they're going to include education secretary arnie duncan, randy wynne guarden and the mayor of boston and two journalists featured in "waiting for superman," jonathan alter and jay matthews. that's next monday, september 27th only here on msnbc. >>> now to politics -- because fresh off of a trip to iowa, sarah palin is now saying for the first time that she may run for president. unless someone w
on msnbc sunday, facing the flock. that embattled atlanta-area pastor talks to his congregation for the first time in the wake of sexual allegations. today he spoke out, and you're going to hear what he had to say. >>> false arrest. a police officer arrests a teen for having sex with his daughter, and now he is under investigation. >>> and making the grade. what will it take to get america's school children to score higher? good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt, and welcome to msnbc-w it's 11:00 a.m. here on the east coast, 8:00 a.m. out west. let's get to what's happening right now. the pastor at the center of a sex scandal in georgia speaking to his congregation today for the first time since four lawsuits were filed against him. four men claim bishop eddie long coaxed them into sexual relationships when they were just teens. the men say the bishop lured them with jewelry, cash, vacations, even cars. bishop long has denied all of the allegations. >> i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect m man. but i am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. >> fo
. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with burning heat. a problematic pastor in florida is defying the nation's highest-ranking authority saying he will burn copies of the koran on september 11. with the anniversary of the terrorist attack days away, the church's leader begins it protest on what he calls the symbol of islam has become a lightning topic worldwide. >> outrageous, disgraceful, but constitutionally legal. those are some descriptions of pastor terry jones' plans to pile up koran, the muslim holy book and burn them on september 11. despite pleas, the pastor of a small church in gainesville, florida, refuses to call it off. >> we are not convinced that backing down is the right thing. >> jones says his actions are from a message from god. in jakarta, indonesia, protesters call it a symbol of hate, asking the u.s. government to step in and muslims to stay calm. military, political, and religious leaders are among those urging the pastor to cancel the event. >> these acts are called for new hate and violence. >> i'm heartened by the clear, unequivocal, condemnati
. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> now, we begin this morning with desperate measures. president obama heads to the nation's heartland today where he will no doubt rake with republicans over the coals but they aren't the only ones in the hot seat. the president turned up the heat on his own party members yesterday hoping to obtain the support that won in the presidency. tracy potts has more for us now from washington. good morning, tracey. >>> buck up, president obama said in one interview. he's trying to reenergize this party with political tough love. >> i don't know about you, but i'm fired up. >> president obama is telling democrats, ignore polls and pundits played in the parties apathetic. >> we cannot sit this one out. we can let this country fall backwards because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight. >> in interviews, he's even tougher. the president told rolling stone the democrats, quote, sitting on their hands complaining are irresponsible. republicans and even some democrats say beating up the base may backfire. >> you're out there trying to terrify them and put all the sca
wages, taxes and productivit productivity. today on msnbc, two of the most outspoken foot soldiers on education colin powell and his wife talk about the crisis. listen. >> 70% of the youngsters in the cohea coert will not be accepted into the army because they don't have a high school education or even with a high school education, they can't pass our basic, entry-level exam. >> no one entity can take care of all of these needs. it takes all of us saying it takes a village. it takes a village, it takes a community. >> joining us as part of our education nation coverage. executive director of the detroit parent network and karen hunter, who is a journalist and publisher. thank you all, three, for coming by to join us this morning during education nation. let's start with you, my friend, david. it takes a village. >> sure. >> help us to understand what is the ideal village? >> the ideal village really incorporates community members, mentors for our young people, business community to come and get involved providing internships and opportunities for young people to understand the conn
of the hour here on msnbc sunday, where it's 10:00 a.m. on the east coast, 7:00 a.m. out west, we're taking a look at a podium at which the pastor eddie long, the embattled pastor of a megachurch there in atlanta, is expected to stand there shortly coming up. he's expected to be accompanied by his wife, his attorney, as well as attorneys for the ministry. and he will be talking about allegations of sexual abuse and coercion of four teenage young men into acts apparently, he's reported to have given them lavish jewelry, even cars, vacations, these all allegations by these four. he will address these allegations coming up shortly. but earlier he did hold the first of two morning church services at that megachurch which about 10,000 people attended. let's listen to part of what he said to the congregation. >> i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect m man. but i am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. [ cheers and applause ] >> again, that is bishop eddie long, the pastor at the center of the sex scandal, speaking to the congregation in georgia just a short while
morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with the battle over taxes. senate republicans vow to block president bush's plan to cut middle class taxes yesterday unless bush era reductions for the wealthy are also preserved. this economic debate has been heating up for months now and on this final primary day before november's midterm elections, it could reach a boiling point. nbc's tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill. good morning. >> good morn pentagon. it's going to be a big day, a big week and a big season headed into the elections as congress tries to figure out whether or not to extend these bush tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year. now, coming out of the weekend republican leader john boehner who had been critical of the president's plan signaled that he might support it in order to get something done before these tax cuts expire. but all hopes of a compromise were dashed when his party came out very strongly yesterday and said that these tax cuts must be preserved for everyone, the poor, the middle
, and he was eventually brought out of the bank. carolyn ryan is with msnbc's miami station wtvj. she's live with the latest. i understand police are investigating this teller. do we know why? >> at this point a lot of details are yet to be determined. you can see police are still on the scene outside of this bank of america. we believe the worst of the situation is over. i'm happy to report no injuries were associated with this situation. and as you mentioned, here's how it all started. the fbi is telling us that earlier today this bank teller was kidnapped from his home near kendall by three robbers who strapped a suspected bomb to his chest and brought him here to this bank of america where he works and got money from him. once they got what they needed, they got what they wanted, they took off in a stolen red ford mustang. police are now actively searching for them as we speak. as for the teller, incredibly, tamron, he's okay at this hour. the device was taken off of him. he was led out of the bank at about 11:30 today. at this point police are not releasing his identity, and they
listerine® whitening® rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. >>> next on "msnbc sunday" -- craigslist puts the brakes on its red light district. it's the big catch, key evidence in the investigation. >> the gulf oil disaster pulled from the waters. plus, hanging with earl. surfing daredevils risk all to ride the fury of the storm. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." where it's 11:00 a.m. on the east coast, 8:00 a.m. out west. what's happening out there, a new report in the leading british paper claims iran may be financing attacks by the taliban against u.s. interests in afghanistan. according to the sunday times in london, taliban militants are getting paid thousands to carry out these attacks. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul with the latest. tom with a good day to you, what can you tell us? >> well, the british sunday times says one of its reporters has met with a taliban treasurer from wardak province west of kabul who makes regular trips into kabul to go to five iranian construction companies which then give him cash to carry back to the shadowed governor of
a camel stuck in a sink hole. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with getting down to business. primaries are over, midterm elections are just weeks away, and now president obama is slamming republicans for holding up his tax plan to prop up small businesses and the middle class. tracie potts joins us now from capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president has a problem because increasingly democrats also disagree with him over taxes, and republicans are digging in, not good signs for a compromise seven weeks before an election. >> reporter: how to win a tax fight and an election. first, solidify the base. >> don't forget who is standing with you and who is standing against you. >> reporter: then put pressure on your opponents. >> we simply don't have time anymore to play games. >> reporter: extending tax cuts to americans earning over 250,000 has become the lightning rod for a nasty part season fight headed into november. more than two dozen democrats now disagree with president obama. republicans are not wavering. >> republicans are
straight ahead. this is first look on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with congressional cramming. hoping to get a head start on re-election campaigns lawmakers in washington pushed through a slew of legislation before an early adjournment yesterday. even the decision to adjourn was not without controversy. and back on the home front already angry constituents may be most frustrated by what congress didn't get done. nbc's tracie potts has more for us from washington. good morning to you. >> good morning. no decision on taxes. democratic leaders on both sides of congress said they would adjourn without dealing with that issue whether or not to extend the bush tax cuts past the end of this year. the house barely made it out, though, by one vote in what ended up being a referendum on taxes. after an impassioned speech by house minority leader john boehner, 39 democrats agreed with him but in the end decided to leave washington without dealing with that issue. but there was a flurry of activity on several other fronts. a nasa bill passed that will deal with the future of that program. major c
polarized and i think it's a very scary place. >> you can watch rachel maddow right here weeknights on msnbc. >>> the judge, i'm sure, didn't mean it as a compliment when he compared snooki to lindsay lohan. the reality star's sentence is lighter, but the judge warned snooki she is on a self-indulge self-indulgent, self-destructive path. jeff rossen who has been waiting patiently to tell this story. >> i will wait hours to talk about snooki. you have to understand the background here to understand why she was sentenced. back in july she was drunk on the beach, the jersey shore, of course. she was stumbling on to people and wednesday she appeared in court and just before the judge sentenced her, he went there calling snooki a lindsay lohan wanna be. >> ouch. >> on jersey shore snooki lets it all hang out. >> i love guido. >> but in court on wednesday she buttoned up. snooki was facing up to 90 days in jail. police in seaside heights arrested snooki in late july while taping the show "jersey shore" she was drunk on the beach, yelling and stumbling on to people. >> i would definitely like to ap
] splenda®. america's favorite no calorie sweetener. >>> next on msnbc sunday, the worst fears for a missing group of suspected cult members including eight children. big storm little bermuda. is igor still on course to collide with that island? >>> heading home. a bitter sweet return today for the american released from iran. >>> plus, a republican conservative has given sarah palin the snub. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc sunday where it's just past 9:00 a.m. here on the east coast. 6:00 a.m. out west. right now we have breaking news. a spokeswoman for sarah shourd the american woman who spent 13 months behind bars in iran says the 32-year-old is now back in the united states. let's go live to nbc's ron allen who is in new york outside a hotel where she is scheduled to have a news conference today. ron, good morning. what is the latest you're hearing? >> well, we're not sure exactly where she landed but there are reports she arrived in washington, d.c. at dulles airport about a half hour or so ago. we do know that she is planning to be here in new york later this a
] stop losing. start gaining. >>> next on msnbc sunday, facing the flock. that embattled atlanta area pastor holds services in the wake of sex allegations. false arrest. a police officer arrests a teen for having sex with his daughter and now he's under investigation. >>> and making the grade. what will it take to get america's schoolchildren to score higher on their tests. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc sunday. it's just past 9:00 a.m. in the east, 6:00 a.m. in the west. services are ushd way at the new birth missionary baptist church. a church whose past sor at the center of a growing sex scandal. four men are acution bishop eddie long of pressuring them into sexual relationships back when they were teens. the bishop long has denied those charges through his lawyer. today we are expecting to hear from the bishop himself. ron mott is in lithonia georgia, with more. >> somebody needs to celebrate that moment. >> reporter: he's used to having audiences hang on his every word. toorksd eddie long's congregation is likely to be wrapped with attention like neve
to all them. thanks very much, chuck todd. join chuck and savannah for "the daily rundown" only on msnbc. >>> and let's bring in david gregory, moderator of "meet the press" and msnbc political analyst eugene robinson. a lot here. the president wanting to turn the page, get past the recovery summer that wasn't a recovery summer but his first answer was at least 15 minutes. where was the energy and passion? >> well, i thought he had a little more rough-and-tumble in terms of framing the argument with the economy, what he's going to do there, negotiating on taxes. i think he's trying to frame this as a national message, we've done some things getting you in the right direction. it's republicans unreasonable. i keep pointing out 60% of voters who disapprove of the president. these are folks who have a problem with taxes and spending and the deficit. they have a problem with how washington isn't working very well right now. to the extent he can cast republicans as being totally unreasonable, he's better off. on the tax issue, these corporate tax breaks, i've talked to business leaders who ar
. welcome to msnbc saturday. the crowds are gathering right now in new york, washington and pennsylvania to mark nine years since the september 11th attacks. special services will take place at those three sites where hijacked planes crashed. along with this year's events there's also controversy. ns's michelle franzen is live in new york city. good saturday morning to you. let's get a scene setter this morning. what's it like? >> reporter: certainly families are beginning to gather at zuccotti park, adjacent park near ground zero, much of a construction site and has been in the previous years and remains so. we can give you an overview of that shot this morning, but certainly as you mentioned, emotions surrounding the 9/11 anniversary are certainly always heightened. but with the political and religious coddntroversies, it's only adding to the tensions. still, the nation is taking time toause and remember the lives lost on that day. despite a heated debate over a proposed mosque and controversial islamic center near ground zero and plans of one pastor to burn copies of the koran today,
straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we begin this morning with on the brink. this morning several states in the midwest are trying to stay dry as rivers there are rising to dangerous levels. the situation is particularly precarious along the wisconsin river where one levee built in the 1890s is failing. while it hasn't collapsed, officials don't consider it safe. they recommend evacuation and have warned residents that if the levee breaks, emergency vehicles including police, fire and ambulances will not be able to reach those who stay behind. fortunately water levels are beginning to recede elsewhere in wisconsin where a state of emergency had been declared in several counties. >>> this morning's "new york times" is reporting that federal officials are seeking broader authority to hunt down criminal and terror suspects on the internet. they want congress to have companies to design their network so fbi officials can monitor suspects if the companies are served with a wiretap order. right now those services using what's known as pier-to-pier software are diff
" on our nbc stations in nevada. and the politics editor for msnbc.com. look, we got to start with what happened on capitol hill. here's an exchange between michigan congressman john conyers and stephen colbert today. let's listen. >> i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> i'm here at the invitation of the chairwoman and if she'd like me to remove myself from the hearing room, i'm happy to do so. i'm only here on interpretation. >> that is correct. >> that is fair enough. >> von, let me start with you. you have been watching the 24/7 news cycle infect congress, and now it's sort of where it has gone to a level where an actor or comedian decides to go in character on capitol hill. what did we witness today? >> well, i really think that was the sticking point right there. kevin costner was there recently. talking about coast guard issues. they're in and out of that place all the time. but for colbert to be there in character was really taking this to an entirely new level and a really bizarre level at that. i think what they were trying
'm amara sohn. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a no go on don't ask, don't tell. a move by democrats to remove the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services fell short yesterday. it was blocked by republicans who had some claiming democrats were using the issue to score political points. steve handelsman has more. >> i sat here today on two good legs again as a proud gay marine. >> reporter: democrats rolled out their big guns. eric alva, one of the first warriors hurt in battle. >> it did not matter. >> reporter: he got a medical discharge but since don't ask, don't tell took effect, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> it's long past time to repeal this policy which is both unjust, un-american and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: but republicans blocked a vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path, we will be ignoring the views of the troops and casting aside the professional military advice by given by each of the fou
witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." where it's 10:00 a.m. on the east coast. 7:00 a.m. out west. hurricane earl is officially gone but in some places even this morning, it has left behind dangerous conditions. these pictures are from nova scotia where rains flooded the highways. what's left of the storm is expected to curl out to sea by tonight. residents up and down the seaboard could feel the power of earl in the form of dangerous rip currents. in florida alone 200 people needed rescued from the heavy surfes. on one beach one was credited with one of those saves. >> i saw something in the water a little bit and couldn't make out what it was. >> i paused for a second, took a death breath, all of a sudden i felt something bump into me. >> on the west coast didn't feel like the end of summer. southern california began the labor day weekend with temperatures in the triple digits. let's get the latest holiday weekend forecast for all of us still a day and a half left to enjoy with the weather channel's scott williams. good morning. >> well good morning, alex. good morning, everyone on this la
>>> new this morning on msnbc saturday, it is almost over. bp's ruptured oil well could be sealed for good today. >>> morning mass. thousands of the faithful come out to see the pope during his historic visit to new york. we are live there. >>> failed drug test. lindsay lohan faces the possibility of going back to jail. >>> and distracted driver. see the guy catching up on reading while driving on the interstate with a bus packed with passengers. can you believe that? i'm alex witt. welcome to msnbc saturday. bp says crews are now pumping cement to permanently seal the blownout well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. it spilled 256 million gallons of oil into the ocean killing 11 workers. kristen dahlgren is live in venice, louisiana, with a good saturday morning to you. when are the crews expected to be finished with the permanent seal so it is a done deal? >> reporter: hey, good morning, alex. well, it is likely based on the timeline we have been given, at this point they would be waiting for it to cure, but bp has said it does expect later today to make the announcement that
to break up. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday." it's just past 11:00 on the east coast. let's get to what's happening right now. sharp words from a top white house adviser this morning as both parties stake out their positionon the economy. on "meet the press" this morning, david axelrod blasted republican calls to extend the bush era tax cuts and is taking on one republican by name. >> listen to what john boehner, the man who would be speaker, has said about what he wants to do about the economy, says he wants to restore those tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas, he wants to cancel the obama tax cuts part of the recovery act for the middle class and raise taxes on 110 million families and yet he wants to borrow $700 billion to give millionaires and billionaires another tax cut and add to our deficit. >> mike viqueira is live at the white house. good morning. >> good morning. >> john boehner becoming a favorite white house target. >> no fewe than eight times did president obama mention john boehner's speech in the economic speech he
is about to catch up with her on msnbc, ladies and gentlemen, here is rachel maddow. good evening. who are your special guests tonight? >> my special guests tonight include -- >> chris matthews and lorenz o'donnell. >> keith olbermann and lawrence o'donnell and chris matthews all coming up in just a second. can you hold on for a moment before i come back to you? >> i'll just wait here. thanks for staying us with at home on what promises tock a very, very business election night. the last big night of primaries for this year's elections. tonight's the night we learn the final matchups. with news from new york, new hampshire, delaware, maryland, massachusetts, rhode island, wisconsin, and the district of columbia. will insurgent conservative movement candidates keep picking off the republican establishment? will the sharron angle and rand pauls of this election year have more company as candidates no one can quite believe keep winning major party nominations for major political office. >> you can't masturbate without lust. >> oh dear. tonight's results from the delaware senate primary wi
todd, nbc news political director and msnbc correspondent and pat buchanan, msnbc analyst. pat, in the innering sanctum, where you meet sometimes with the heart of a true administration, are they sure they are lucky the right is winning these battles of the republican party? >> i will say this. they act as if there is a little bit of a bounce in their step today, as if they see a path to survival. i'm not going to say it is a path to victory but a path to survival, suddenly, you hear these guys talk about man, maybe democrats will hold the senate, you know? maybe this -- maybe the republican party is going to be too extreme for the middle of the country and while they may have short-term success in november that when they get to -- when they get to washington, the chaos of it is going to allow the president to look like the reasonable adult in the crowd. so, in essence, first of all, i think they are just relieved that fosh three days, for a couple of days, they are not the punching bag and instead, the media is all focus old -- focused on this intraparty feud. let's face it po
? i'll say hello now. i'm alex witt and this is msnbc saturday just past 1:00 here on the east coast around 8:00 a.m. -- pardon me 11:00 a.m. out west. friends d families of those who died on september 11 have gathered at ground zero in new york city and today marks nine years since the september 11 attacks on new york, washington, and pennsylvania and in what has become an annual tradition the names of those who looths their lives in the attacks were read aloud at today's service in lower manhattan. >> my brother fdny battalion chief joseph palmer, we will never forget your bravery and ousacrifice. we love you and miss you always. >> nbc's michelle franzen is live at ground zero in new york. michelle, with a good afternoon to you, it is an extremely emotional day for so many people. i'd love to hear more about that ceremony at ground zero. >> reporter: it is. certainly we've watched throughout the years, alex, as family members and first responders, survivors, have come to this place, ground zero, to pay their respects, to remember exactly what happened during that time and also to
morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this tuesday morning with taking aim on the trail. president obama took republicans to task for their proposed pledge to america yesterday, calling their policies, quote, irresponsible. today the president sets out on a campaign swing with stops planned in three states to sell his plan to fix the economy. tracie potts is in washington, d.c. live with us this morning with the latest. good morning to you, tracie. >> veronica, good morning. what you'll see this morning will take on a distinct campaign trail feel, designed to use what worked for them two years ago during the presidential campaign, the president swinging through states to energize young voters and to sell his economic plan. part of that plan was helping small businesses. we saw that as he signed the small business bill into law yesterday, creating a $30 billion fund to give them more money to free up money for these businesses to expand and hire workers. today, president obama takes his message to albuquerque, new mexico, where he'll continue
. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with on the defensive. at a town hall held by cnbc in the nation's capital, president obama held his ground while frustrated citizens took turns taking shots at his economic strategy. the president repeatedly defended his policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worst from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: self-described obama supporters laid into him live on cnbc's town hall. people like velma hart. >> that i voted for a man who said he was going to change things in a meaningful way for the middle class. i'm one of those people, and i'm waiting, sir. i'm waiting. i don't feel it yet. >> reporter: the same from an out-of-work law school graduate. >> i really want to know, is the american dream dead for me? >> absolutely not. we're moving in the right direction. >> reporter: there's more proof of that. economists calculated our recession ended in june 2009, recovery began 14 months ago. b
's in the side show. the side show is the lead today. the politics editor for msnbc.com. we have to start with what happened on capitol hill. it's with a michigan kangman and stephen colbert today. >> i'm asking you to leave the committee rom and submit your application in writing. >> i'm here by request from the chairwoman. >> that is correct. >> thank you very much. that's fair enough. >> vaughan, let me start with you. you have been doing this as long as i have, watching the 24/7 news cycle infect congress and now it's gone to a level i don't think any of us ever thought where an actor or comedian decided to go, in character, on capitol hill. what did we witness today? >> we have seen celebrities parade in congress. kevin costner was talking about coast guard issues. they are in and out all the time. for colbert to be there in character was taking it to a new level. bizarre at that. they were trying to get attention. they were trying to get attention for this issue. she succeeded. i think she and other democrats on the hill are going to be surprised at the negative attention rather tha
a msnbc political analyst. when you read through the statements mentioned by the three people i'll mention, guinn rich, boehner, and pal it surprises me. each one refuses to take sides with the president against the preacher. they could have said this time the president is right. the guy on the other side is dead wrong. instead they played games. here's newt gingrich today on abc. let's listen. >> it's wrong to burn the koran. it's wrong to build the mosque at ground zero. both should be stopped. i'm glad to see the pastor took a big step back. i wish him and ralph would have the same courage to america and take an equal step back and build the mosque somewhere else in new york. >> what a moral disaster. here's john boehner conflating the koran burning and the islamic center near ground zero. >> to pastor jones and those who want to build the mosque, just because you have a right to do something in america does not mean it is the right thing to do. >> here is sarah palin on her facebook page. people have a constitutional right to burn a koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive an
. on "morning joe" on msnbc talking about another former president's comments about being superior. we put the best bits together for you. >> i believe they should say give us two more years to do this. if it doesn't work, you can throw us all out. we have an election two years, we near a deep hole, couldn't get going in time. that's what we all ought to be willing to judge what does and does not empower other people. the republicans have now given us their plan. and they've been pretty straightforward all along. i'll give it to them. they said vote for us, we'll repeal health care, oversight, the student loan reform. we want to begin to privatize social security and medicare and whatever else they said -- the other things they said here. i think that the democrats ought to put on one card -- no more than five and no fewer than three things that will be their priorities. we still have a chance here. we have 30 days to have an honest debate. we ought to do it. so far this election has been about stuff that's not going to affect people's lives very much. >> a certain former president said he
morning, i'm arana sohn. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with one step forward, two steps back. small business legislation cleared congress yesterday, however, divided democrats punted on a vote to preserve middle class tax cuts until after midterm elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire pe
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is lawrence o'donnell, host of "the last word" which premiers next monday on msnbc. thanks for joining me, lawrence. i got to talk to you here because as a daughter of a man who was a master sergeant in the army, when you hear in this book of the infighting, one shouldn't be surprised, but it is unnerving when you think about the lives. 100,000 lives that are over there fighting this war. >> having been in those rooms, both in the white house and the congress, in these kinds of governing meetings, for me, never about military issues. always about domestic policy. i'm actually encouraged by this. i want the decision-makers on war to be passionate about what they're working on, to feel very strongly about their positions. i mean, imagine if what we were reading was a group of undecideds who were very gentlemanly and polite to each other and not really coming at it with a perspective based on their own experience. you know, richard holbrooke delivers a strong perspective in here, which is different from the military perspective, and i'm glad that both of those are in the same room. i'm glad
. mark halpern and "newsweek's" howard fineman, also a msnbc political analyst. when you read through the statements issued by the three people i'll mention, gingrich, boehner and palin, what surprises me is the residence of them all. each one refuses to take sides with the president against the preacher who wanted to burn the korans. they could have said this time the president is right. the guy on the other side is dead wrong. instead they played games. here's newt gingrich today on abc. let's listen. >> it's wrong to burn the koran. and it's wrong to build the mosque at ground zero, and both should be stopped. i'm glad to see the pastor took a big step back. i wish him and rauf would have the same courage to america and take an equal step back and build the mosque somewhere else in new york. >> what a moral disaster. here's john boehner conflating the koran burning and the islamic center from near ground zero, singing from the same non-prayer book. >> to pastor jones and those who want to build the mosque, just because you have a right to do something in america does not mean it is
. >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with mission final accomplished. bp says a permanent seal is now in place on its blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents, who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay gray has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air. as the deepwater horizon rig exploded, then collapsed, 11 lives were lost. and oil began to seep into the gulf, the start of the worst spill in u.s. history. now, 154 days later, government scientists say the final seal, 74 barrels of cement, is holding tight, and that the well will never leak again. president obama acknowledged the work that's been done and perhaps the more difficult job that lies ahead, in a written statement which says, in part, we will continue to work closely with the people o
powell and former president bill clinton when "meet the press" reairs at 2:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc sunday. >>> developing now, the american woman held in iran for more than 13 months and accused of spying is back in the united states this morning. a spokesperson for sarah shourd says the 32-year-old arrived this morning at dulles national airport near washington, d.c. shour shourd's two companions and fiance are still being held. we have more live outside the hotel where shourd is expected to speak live today. ron, another good morning to you. to we have details on her arrival back to the u.s. and when she'll be there in new york where you are? >> reporter: the press conference is planned for 3:00, and we believe that's still go to happen. as for her return to the states, she flew from oman in the middle east to dulles national airport in washington and is presumably making her way here to new york now. why new york? well, one reason may be because there are quite a few world leaders, tos of them, who are arriving here, as well, for the united nations general assembly's annual meet
'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "1st look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with a tea party takeover. across the country, the votes are in from a string of primary races providing a xwlgrim himse of what is to company. the gcop staefbment was upended by the tea party. tracie potts joins us there capitol hill with more. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. we have results from seven states including washington, d.c. where the city will will get a new mayor, one of several upsets during this primary election. >> don't ever underestimate the power of we the people. >> reporter: the tea party favorite who republicans said couldn't be elected dog catcher won the party senate nomination in delaware. and in new york, political newcomer carl polidino overcame his challenger's lead to become the republican's candidate for governor. >> if we've learned anything tonight, it's that new yorkers are as mads as hell. >> reporter: he'll take on andrew cuomo. also in new york, charlie rangel beat five other democrats and a dozen other ethics charges in
morning, i'm arana sohn. those stories are more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with global positioning. president obama will address the united nations general assembly today where he'll talk up steps this nation has taken to strengthen its global ties. the president's broad-based speech will urge the worldwide partnership to work toward common goals such as the global economic crisis and peace in the middle east. nbc's michelle franzen is outside the united nations in new york. good morning, michelle. >> reporter: good morning. this will be president obama's second speech before world leaders at the general assembly on the eve of the general assembly's speech, the president spoke about the u.n. goals to reduce poverty and disease by 2015. he said the u.s. had developed its own policy changing the way it does business to help the country as well as the world reach those goals. today he is expected to focus on continuing rebuilding international relations and also paying attention to much of what's going on in the middle east, many of the forei
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and more straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin with finally nearing the end. after five long months, crews in the gulf of mexico have taken a major step toward permanently plugging the blownout well. behind the worst oil spill in u.s. history. and for more on that, we go to nbc's kristen dahlgren in venice, louisiana. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, lynn. day 150 and that relief well they started drilling shortly after this all started has finally intersected with the well some 2 1/2 miles beneath the floor of the gulf. in a statement late last night, the incident commander said the two wells were now connected and that the next step is to pump mud and cement down into that well to permanently seal it off. obviously, good news for people in this area. really just one step in their recovery. oil here continues to wash ashore. this week, evidence of a massive fish kill here. thousands of dead fish. take a look at these pictures. almost looks like a gravel road there. scientists say it's not uncommon at this time of year and it was caused by lack of oxyge
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tonight. the number to dial is 1-877-ed-msnbc. my question tonight is do you think the gop and righty talk show hosts are destroying the american dream? press the number be 1 for yes. press the number 2 for no. we will bring you the results later on in the show. joining me now minnesota congressman keith ellison, a member of the progressive caucus. congressman, good to have you with us tonight. >> always great to be here, ed. how are you doing? >> very good. you have been a verbal target of the broadcaster that is challenging me to restore honor. how do you -- is this a big game, in your opinion? >> well, i don't think it is a game. i think it's serious because things that glenn beck says whip up hate and frustration. there was a man in lower manhattan who was a cabbie, he was stabbed when someone asked him what his religious identification was. and a part of the thing that i'm concerned about is cultural and political leaders are trying to whip up and turn americans against americans based on religion and i think that's really too bad. that's yes think your one nation march is a great ide
" on our nbc stations in nevada. and the politics editor for msnbc.com, von berger. look, we got to start with what happened on capitol hill. here's an exchange between michigan congressman john conyers and stephen colbert today. let's listen. >> i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> i'm here at the invitation of the chairwoman and if she'd like me to remove myself from the hearing room, i'm theme do so. >> that is correct. >>s that fair enough. >> von, let me start with you. you've been doing this as long as i have. watching the 24/7 news cycle infect congress and now it's sort of has gone to a level where an actor or comedian decides to go in character on capitol hill. what did we witness today? >> well, i really think that was the sticking point right there. we've seen celebrities parade up in congress. kevin costner was there recently. talking about coast guard issues. they're in and out of that place all the time. but for colbert to be there in character was really taking this to an entirely new level and a really bizarre level. i
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